Mark Steyn writes:

Excellent investigative work by MI-5 and Scotland Yard foiled this plot, and may foil the next one, and the one after that, and the 10 after that, and the 100 after those. And in the meantime, a thousand incremental inconveniences fall upon the citizen. If you had told an Englishman on Sept. 10, 2001, that within five years all hand luggage would be banned on flights from Britain, he’d have thought you were a kook. If you’d told an Englishwoman that all liquids would be banned except milk for newborn babies that could only be taken on board if the adult accompanying the child drinks from the bottle in front of a security guard, she’d have scoffed and said no one would ever put up with such a ludicrous imposition. But now it’s here. What other changes will the Islamists have wrought in another five years?

One answer is body cavity searches. Actually, that should be standard operating procedure since it appears that the vagina bomb has already been used successfully in the downing of two Russian airplanes. Perhaps the screening can be done with dogs. I understand dogs (see comments) can tell if drugs have been hidden inside a woman’s body by sniffing the seat she sat on.

At the point where TSA security people randomly select grandmothers and infants for screening by the crotch-sniffing dog, the public are going to say, “Enough”. The people who blow up planes are Muslims. Humiliate them.

Maybe only 1 in 100 Muslims has terrorist inclinations, but that 1 can kill hundreds of us with just a few ounces of explosives. Is that discriminating against Muslims? Hell, yes. But, so far, they have not exactly been helpful in exposing the radicals in their midst. Maybe it’s because, as Steyn notes:

Seven percent of British Muslims consider their primary identity to be British, 81 percent consider it to be Muslim.

They are compounding their offense by blaming the West for terrorism. The response of British Muslims to the latest plot to blow 10 American passenger jets out of the sky: blame Blair’s policies. That’s effectively what they claimed in an open letter to the PM:

Prime Minister, As British Muslims we urge you to do more to fight against all those who target civilians with violence, whenever and wherever that happens.

It is our view that current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the UK and abroad.

To combat terror the government has focused extensively on domestic legislation. While some of this will have an impact, the government must not ignore the role of its foreign policy.

The debacle of Iraq and now the failure to do more to secure an immediate end to the attacks on civilians in the Middle East not only increases the risk to ordinary people in that region, it is also ammunition to extremists who threaten us all.

Attacking civilians is never justified. This message is a global one. We urge the Prime Minister to redouble his efforts to tackle terror and extremism and change our foreign policy to show the world that we value the lives of civilians wherever they live and whatever their religion.

Such a move would make us all safer.

They responded as Muslims, repeating Muslim propaganda, instead of taking responsibility for the cancer in their midst.

Meanwhile, we could give airline travellers a choice: Muslim-free flights with Sept 10th, 2001 screening procedures, or flights that may include Muslims but will require random screening by crotch-sniffing dogs. Welcome to the new World War between civilization and the Muslims who seek to destroy civilization.